PINTO, KEITH WENTWORTH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-715628, USAAF
Keith W. Pinto was born on 16 August 1924 in New York, New York, to Rene W. Pinto (1894-1978) (NY) and Winifred (Keith) Pinto (1889-1984) (WI). He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C. He attended Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
He earned his commission. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 November 1944, a B-24J, # 44-41451, “Love Sugar Oboe,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, departed the aifield at Chengkung, China, on a combat & reconnaissance sweep over the South China Sea. He was a passenger on this aircraft. It was last known to be in the vicinity of Mengtaz, China, at about 0230 Z (friendly territory). He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His father, born 17 September 1894, served during WW I, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, Second Lieutenant (15 July 1918), U.S. Army, Infantry, from 5 January 1918 to 11 April 1919, at the American Expeditionary Forces, Commander, General John J. Pershing (he was overseas 15 July 1918 to 16 December 1918 (severely wounded 9 August 1918 in the Somme Offensive. He died 12 March 1978 and is buried in the Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesville, Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin. On 21 August 1918, the Second Somme (France) Offensive began at Bapaume, north of the river, by the British Third Army with the U.S. Second Army Corps attached. The city of Albert was captured on 22 August and Bapaume was captured on 29 August 1918. The U.S. suffered 11,500 casualties (wounded and KIA).